Our charity partnership - Mental Health UK

More to our Society

Through our charity partnerships, we're helping to create more good places and a better society.

We believe in doing more for our customers and communities.

As part of that commitment, we run a charity partnership program where we work together with important causes. Through the program, we're able to support our chosen charity partner and build a better society. Our charity partnerships are about far more than fundraising. We're going beyond helping people with their finances and also aiming to create more good places in communities. Keep reading below to find out about the work we're doing.

Mental Health UK

Our partnership with Mental Health UK was created long before COVID-19 impacted our lives. But there’s no getting away from the fact that they need our support now as much as ever. The lockdown and social distancing created mental health challenges for lots of people, from losing income to being affected by the isolation from those they love. Being stuck indoors is tough enough in itself.


#TodayIWill was created to raise much-needed funds to help support people affected by mental health problems. On top of that, we wanted to encourage people to do something that made them feel good, and support their own health and wellbeing. It’s not the solution but it’s a start.

Our colleagues have had a great time doing their own #TodayIWill challenges and getting their friends involved to do the same. And we’ve also loved seeing all the ones submitted by the general public.

From mindfulness activities to enjoying the great outdoors, everyone has found their own happiness in the challenge. Some of our favourites were of people switching off computers and other distractions to focus on the things they find relaxing, like Jacquie finding calm in colouring and Hannah exploring her new neighbourhood and finding some friends along the way.

With all your help, we’ve managed to raise an incredible running total of £200,000 for Mental Health UK so far (total correct as at 23 November 2020).

But there’s still more to do, positive thinking and positive doing is just the start. If you’d like to support our charity partner, Mental Health UK (charity no: 1170815), so they can continue to do their much-needed work, you can donate online through our JustGiving page.

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Creating a lasting legacy

Before our partnership with Mental Health UK, we supported Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer Scotland from 2017-2019.

Those partnerships may have officially ended, but that doesn't mean we'll stop supporting people affected by dementia. We'll continue working towards becoming a more dementia-friendly organisation through improvements to our branches and head office as well as our commitment to the Dementia Friends initiative.

The £250,000 raised by Skipton colleagues and customers was a standout figure that we're really proud of. But the longer-lasting legacy of our partnership is found in the accessibility and inclusivity of our branches.

A Dementia Friend in every branch - Over 90% of our branch colleagues have become Dementia Friends. Speak to a colleague in branch to find out how they can help visitors living with the condition. Dementia Friends is an Alzheimer's Society initiative raising awareness about dementia and the small actions people can take to make a more dementia-friendly society.

Supporting vital research - the money we have raised has funded research at the Bradford University Doctoral Training Centre. This research focuses on the care of people living with dementia ensuring a legacy of our fundraising.

Providing for ongoing support - in Scotland, we raised money to help support Alzheimer Scotland's 24-hour freephone dementia helpline, dementia resource centres, dementia advisors, community activity organisers, volunteer coordinators and much more.

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Skipton team volunteering at Nell Bank


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